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Fedora Core 3 available for x86 and x86-64

The new version features the 2.6.9 Linux kernel, the windowing system Xorg 6.8.1, the desktops GNOME 2.8 and KDE 3.3.0, uses GCC 3.4 and has full support for the secure SELinux standard.

Fedora is a very stable Linux distribution ideal for distribution servers. The new release brings much new software, but focuses much on new desktop software.

Gnome 2.8 and KDE 3.3.0 are both great desktop environments. A standard installation comes with thousands of free programs you can use in any of these desktops, like the Office Suite and the graphics suite Gimp.

Could you please delay the release by 30 minutes? No way! . The final release oddly included the old KDE version 3.3.0. Update packages for KDE 3.3.1 were made available by Than Ngo only 30 minutes after Bill Nottingham announced Fedora Core 3. This forces every Fedora user who prefers the KDE desktop environment over Gnome to download and upgrade a series of packages. Updates for the packages initscripts, hotplug and ipsec-tools were also released a quarter after the final version.

Fedora uses the RPM software package format. APT is optionally available.

  The Fedora Project and Red Hat would like to announce the third release of
  Fedora Core.
  Fedora Core 3 is a general purpose Linux operating system, available for x86
  and x86-64 processors. Fedora Core 3, includes:
          - the 2.6.9 Linux kernel
          - Xorg 6.8.1
          - GNOME 2.8
          - KDE 3.3.0
          - GCC 3.4
          - SELinux
  The Fedora Project would like to thank the thousands of community members whose
  testing and contributions have raised the bar of quality and made this release
  What is the Fedora Project?
          The Fedora Project is a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open
          source project that promotes rapid development of innovative open source
          software through a collaborative, community effort.  Fedora Core 3
          provides a complete Linux platform built exclusively from open source
          software. Available at no cost, the release serves the needs of
          community developers, testers, and other technology enthusiasts who wish
          to participate in and accelerate the technology development process. 
          As a community forum for advanced development, the Fedora Project
          provides early visibility to the latest open source technology and
          serves as a proving ground for technology that may eventually make its
          way into Red Hat's fully-supported commercial solutions such as Red Hat
          Enterprise Linux. Red Hat contributes development resources, editorial
          direction and management to the Fedora Project. 
          For more information, see
  How Can I Get Fedora Core 3?
          Fedora Core 3 x86 or x86-64 Downloads are available from:
 or from the network of
          mirrors in the Fedora Project distribution system. Users may
          prefer to download Fedora Core via BitTorrent, or via older
          file retrieval protocols such as HTTP, FTP, or RSYNC.
          BitTorrent typically provides faster download speeds than
          HTTP, FTP, or RSYNC.
          BitTorrent RPMS for Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core
          are available with detailed instructions at

    From Red Hat:

The list of mirrors was added as txt2tags to make the links work.

Via BitTorrent:

See or for other forms.

Via HTTP/FTP/RSYNC from mirrors:

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